By Train from Berlin (Germany) to Paris (France) - Option 1: the longer journey time reflects the fact ShowMeTheJourney recommends extending the connecting time between trains when taking this route

Journey Summary

Depart Berlin (Germany)

Berlin Hbf

Arrive Paris (France)

Paris Gare de l'Est/Paris Est
Journey Time
9hr 35min (via Frankfurt)

Change trains in: Karlsruhe

There are no direct trains between Berlin and Paris and on most days of the week making connections between high speed trains is the only viable option.

There are two routes to select from:

(1) THIS route which involves travelling via Frankfurt and making connections between trains in Mannheim OR Kalrsruhe.

Take this route and you will arrive in Paris Est station.

(2) An alternative faster routing (option 2) which involves making connections between trains in Koln/Cologne.
Take that route and you will arrive at Paris Nord station.

Booking tickets:

DB Bahn tends to offer the cheapest train tickets for journeys between the German and French capital - but it's cheaper Super Saver Fare Europe tickets are only seemingly available on this route.

Choosing Your Connection:

However, a complication of taking trains on THIS route via Frankfurt (Main) is that the standard connections between trains that will be offered by the ticket agents are generally less than ideal.

When looking up the journey, if you DON'T adjust the connection time between trains then the options either involve;

(i)  making one connection of less than 15 mins – which is a gamble when travelling long distance by train in Germany, OR,

(ii) making two connections, both of which are under 30 mins and making those connections can’t be guaranteed either.

In the event of missed connections due to late running trains, the tickets/reservations can be transferred free of charge to alternative later departures, but the train service between Germany and Paris Est isn’t particularly frequent.

Therefore ShowMeTheJourney recommends that when looking up journeys on DB increase the connecting time between trains to more than 30 minutes.

Do so and there will only be one viable option, departing Berlin at 08:30, but this option involves spending more than 1hr 30mins at Karlsuhe Hbf between trains.

However, because this connection can be virtually guaranteed, we have used this option for the journey time above.

Train 1

  • Depart: Berlin (Germany)
  • Arrive: Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Journey time: 5hr 25min - 5hr 30min

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Train 2

  • Depart: Karlsruhe (Germany)
  • Arrive: Paris (France)
  • Journey time: 2hr 33min

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Ticket information

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